Logorama

“Spectacular car chases, an intense hostage crisis, wild animals rampaging through the city and even more” describe Logorama, a 16-minute animated short made up of more than 2,500 logos and mascots which took creators a year and a half to collect. Written and directed by H5 (François Alaux, Hervé de Crécy and Ludovic Houplain), Logorama recently won an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film.

The Radiant Child

Jean-Michel Basquiat

In the late ’70s, Jean-Michel Basquiat was known in the New York underground scene for the graffiti he created under the pseudonym of SAMO©. But shortly after his participation in a group show in 1980, everything changed. René Ricard published an article about him entitled The Radiant Child in Artforum and he then quickly rose to international stardom. Sadly, he just as quickly lost his life.

The Radiant Child

The Radiant Child is a film by Tamra Davis that features a long and never-before-seen interview with Basquiat that was shot shortly before his death. The 90-minute documentary includes footage of the artist in his studio, interviews with people who knew him intimately, as well as rare archival material and other work.

SAMO©

Via Juxtapose.

Objectified Poster

Objectified Poster

Michael C. Place at Build has released his poster design for Objectified, featuring drawings of dozens of objects from designers in the film and more. 27″ x 39″, metallic silver and black, lithograph. Available in the store soon.

The Storytellers Collection

The Storytellers Collection

New this week at Threadless Select, The Storytellers Collection curated by Patrick O’Brien. I met Patrick on QBN when it was still known as Newstoday and he was known as Transfatty. Patrick O’Brien is an independent filmmaker and an amazing thinker. He created The Patrick O’Brien Foundation in 2006 to raise awareness for ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) and his movie about battling the disease. 100% of the proceeds from this collection will be donated to The Patrick O’Brien Foundation to help raise the finishing funds for Patrick’s film documenting his battle with ALS. View the trailer here.

Objectified Trailer

Objectified Trailer

Gary Hustwit has posted a trailer for Objectified, a documentary about industrial design – a film about the manufactured objects we surround ourselves with, and the people who make them. The voices in the trailer belong to Jonathan Ive, Andrew Blauvelt, Marc Newson, and Karim Rashid.

Why Man Creates

Saul Bass

Why Man Creates is a series of explorations, episodes and comments on creativity by Saul Bass, a master of conceptual design. The film was the winner of an Academy Award and is one of the most highly regarded short films ever produced.

Saul Bass

Humor, satire and irony are combined with serious questions about the creative process and how it comes into play for different individuals. A fascinating cornucopia of trenchant ideas and important truths, it is stimulating and enjoyable for a very broad spectrum of ages and interests.

Saul Bass

Organized into eight major sections, the Edifice, Fooling Around, the Process, Judgement, a Parable, Digression, the Search, and the Mark, Why Man Creates is appropriate wherever creative problem-solving is the goal.

Made In Queens

Made In Queens

Last summer in a rented garage on the outskirts of Queens, NY something incredible was happening. A group of imaginative tinkerers from Trinidad were working late into the nights creating something nobody had ever seen before: enormous stereo systems jury rigged onto ordinary bmx bikes. Traveling together, each behind the handlebars of his or her own massive homemade creation, they treat the neighborhood to an outrageous impromptu music and dance party on wheels. Directed by Nicolas Randall and Joe Stevens, Made In Queens is a documentary film celebrating the beauty these imaginative young people have brought to their adopted home.

Objectified

Objectified Poster

Objectified is a feature-length independent documentary about industrial design. It’s a look at the creativity at work behind everything from toothbrushes to tech gadgets. It’s about the people who re-examine, re-evaluate and re-invent our manufactured environment on a daily basis. It’s about personal expression, identity, consumerism, and sustainability. It’s about our relationship to mass-produced objects and, by extension, the people who design them.

Through vérité footage and in-depth conversations, the film documents the creative processes of some of the world’s most influential designers, and looks at how the things they make impact our lives. What can we learn about who we are, and who we want to be, from the objects with which we surround ourselves?

Read director Gary Hustwit’s post about the film.

Objectified is currently in production and will have its world premiere in early 2009.

Featuring:
Paola Antonelli (Museum of Modern Art, New York)
Chris Bangle (BMW Group, Munich)
Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec (Paris)
Andrew Blauvelt (Walker Art Center, Minneapolis)
Anthony Dunne (London)
Naoto Fukasawa (Tokyo)
IDEO (Palo Alto)
Jonathan Ive (Apple, California)
Hella Jongerius (Rotterdam)
Marc Newson (London/Paris)
Fiona Raby (London)
Dieter Rams (Kronberg, Germany)
Karim Rashid (New York)
Alice Rawsthorn (International Herald Tribune)
Rob Walker (New York Times Magazine)